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Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide


 The holiday season is officially here! If you’re shopping for a foodie, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve curated together this guide to make your holiday shopping a tad easier with a collection of some of my favourite Kingston foodie items that will make the perfect gift. And! Since I'm a practical gift giver, what better way to cheer someone up than with food. But most importantly since 2020 has been a year filled with uncertainty, we need to come together to show our love for our local businesses, restaurants and shops now more than ever.

Kingston is home to so many amazing local businesses, artisans and producers, so let’s do our best to support local!

Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide, Charcuterie Box, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Olive Oil, Brunch Plate, Chocolates

Festive Treats by Festa Kitchen 

Festa Kitchen makes the most delicious treats in Kingston and offers gourmet gluten-free items too! This burnt basque cheesecake would make the perfect holiday treat for friends and family. So if you’re craving something sweet, definitely message via Instagram for an order of cupcakes, cookies or cakes this holiday season!

Follow on Instagram: @festakitchen_gf

Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

Indulge in Mio Gelato

If you’re looking for a sweet treat, Mio Gelato is a great option. As their doors closed for the season on December 13th, head to their website to order online and bonus, they offer free delivery in Kingston this coming week! So hurry and order now! Also, be sure to get their holiday flavours or else you’ll have to wait for a whole year! My favs include gingerbread and egg nog!

Update: Officially closed for the 2020 season! 

Follow on Instagram: @miogelatokingston

gelato containers for holiday gift guide foodie edition

Sweet Treats by Cocoa Bistro

Cocoa Bistro in the west end of Kingston carries a variety of gourmet hand made chocolate that would make a great gift. They also have chocolate bombs that are all the rage this season when making hot chocolate! Perfect for all ages!

Follow on Instagram: @chocolatewithlove

Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

Charcuterie Box 

While officially booked up for the holiday season until December 31st, the amazing ladies behind The Cheesy Pear are offering gift cards to de redeemed in the new year! You definitely want to try one of the custom-curated charcuterie boxes! 

Follow on Instagram: @thecheesypear

BUT! Don’t worry ‑ if you’re still craving a box, check out the online shops for Pan Chancho Bakery and Black Dog Home as they’ll both deliver charcuterie to your door or a friend's! Makes for the perfect gift paired with some vino!

Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

Kingston Olive Oil Company

This foodie gift may be odd but if you have someone special who truly enjoys cooking then olive oils will go over well especially from Kingston Olive Oil Company. My recommendations: If you're looking for a bread dipping combo, my favourite include Black Mission Fig Balsamic Vinegar with Nocellara Extra Virgin Olive Oil or the Hojiblanca Olive Oil. Though my favourite cooking oils the Lemon Infused Oil and Garlic Oil.

Follow on Instagram: @kingstonoliveoilco

Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

While sold out for the holiday season, I simply had to include Love and Berries as you deserve to simply treat yourself or someone special in the new year! That lucky person will certainly be surprised!

Follow on Instagram: @loveandberries_

chocolate covered strawberries, kingston holiday foodie gift guide

Decadent Cupcakes

How cute are these cupcakes?! They're available on Dessert Indulgence's online shop along with several other sweet treats like cheesecakes, mousse cakes and more! OHH and if you’re vegan or gluten-free, don’t worry, they’ve got you covered! They also have chocolate coffee and red velvet yule logs for the holiday season.

Follow on Instagram: @dessertindulgence

Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

Date Night at The Everly

Treat someone special with a gift card to The Everly! Dishes range from handmade pasta, pork belly, oysters and so much more goodness! Order online or pick up at the restaurant. 💃🏻🍷

Follow on Instagram: @theeverlykingston

Weekend Brunch

Did you know Northside Espresso + Kitchen offers gift cards?! So give your friend who dreams about weekend brunch all week the gift of an amazing brunch experience in downtown Kingston.

Follow on Instagram: @northsideespresso

brunch dish featuring eggs benny with hollandaise sauce, Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

Cheesecake in a Jar

For that someone who always needs a sweet midnight snack or a treat on the go, Cheesecakery Bakery has got you covered. The best part, these jars of wonders are available at several shops in Kingston. Also, I'd recommend getting a trio of cheesecakes in a jar so your friend or loved one can indulge and sample a few flavours. Getting just one jar shouldn't be allowed, they're that good!

Follow on Instagram: @cheesecakery_bakery

Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

Charcuterie Boards

This might just be THE perfect gift for a foodie! Nick Allinson Creative offers the most unique charcuterie boards in town. All you need is a variety of cheeses and crackers from Cookes Fine Food and you’re good to go! My fav includes these boards with brass handles! Head on over to his Insta page and be sure to message if you’re interested!

Update: Officially out of wood for the 2020 season aka completely booked!

Follow on Instagram: @nickallinsoncreative

Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

Calling All Coffee Lovers!

Head to Northside Espresso + Kitchen as they have the cutest and most unique gifts for that coffee lover in your life. Limited stock, so be sure to hurry!

Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

A Brew‑tiful Day

So have someone on your Christmas list who is serious about their coffee? Well, chances are they have all the basic items they need to make their favourite brew. So you definitely don’t want to get them something they already have or won’t ever use, so what should you do? Get them the Christmas blend or YGK blend from North Roast ‑ a fair trade organic coffee roaster located in the west end of Kingston! While I'm a single cup of coffee in a day type of gal, I appreciate each sip and this blend gives me just the right amount of energy to get me going in the morning with a smooth taste. ☕️

Follow on Instagram: @northroast

Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

Cheers to Local Brews

Check out this sweet gift bag thanks to Red House loaded with goodies ‑ toque, t‑shirt, $25 gift card, beer nuts, face mask and growler of Mackinnon Brewing Brothers Ale! 

Cost: $80 ($105 value) and limited quantity. 🍻 

Available downtown as well as at the west end location.

Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

Best Local Maple Syrup 

Flights of maple syrup for the food lover on your list! Salt of the Earth Farm offers a trio of amber, dark, and very dark for $25! Highly recommend! 🍁 DM them directly via Instagram to place your order!

Follow on Instagram: @saltofkingston

For the West End Foodie

Gift cards are back Go Italian Restaurant! For every $50 in gift cards you purchase, they’ll give you a $10 gift card for FREE! Who doesn’t love pasta, pizza and everything in between! 🍕🍝🍷

Follow on Instagram: @goitalian_restaurant

Pan Chancho Bakery

Pan Chancho Bakery in downtown Kingston is the one-stop-shop for all things foodie related! This holiday season, they are offering sweet and savoury items as well as holiday feasts, complete with turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes and more! Head to their online store to order! 

Follow on Instagram: @panchanchobakery

New Shop in the Neighbourhood

Say hello to Daughters General Store ‑ a new store in the North of Princess neighbourhood. It carries a great selection of locally made goodies along with gluten-free and vegan-friendly products. Bonus: They now carry gift cards as well!

Follow on Instagram: @daughtersgeneralstore

The Best Maple Syrup with a Twist

Whiskey barrel-aged maple syrup by Kinsip Spirits ‑ YUM! This is by far the best maple syrup I’ve tried and you can find it at Bella Market in the west end of Kingston.

Follow on Instagram: @thebellamarket

Seasonal Gift Baskets at Olivea

Olivea has gotten creative this season and is offering wonderful gift baskets! See below for a great selection and be sure to call 613‑547‑5483 to place your order. I’m definitely eyeing the afternoon tea and wine and cheese basket!

Follow on Instagram: @olivearestaurant

Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

Kingston Coffee House

If you know someone who is on the go and just doesn’t have time to make a cup of coffee at home, a gift card to Kingston Coffee House might be the perfect option! Bonus, they are also stocked with amazing local goodies ranging from chocolates to coffee beans, organic teas to plants, coffee equipment to delicious cookies and lots more! 🍪🍫

Follow on Instagram: @ygkoffeehouse

The Perfect Ceramic Pieces for a Foodie

Though not in Kingston, I simply had to include this County favourite! Mary Wood is a lady of many talents and one of those is Lyle Ceramics (along with One Hundred Acre wood + Roadside Burger). Her pieces are handcrafted and simply amazing that every foodie (including myself) has her ceramic pieces on a wish list! Head to her online shop to order now!

Follow on Instagram: @lyle.ceramics

Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

Keep Your Coffee Warm

If you’ve got someone on your list that complains about their coffee getting cold 🙋🏻‍♀️, a Yeti product is a MUST especially a Yeti Rambler that’ll keep any beverage warm (or cold... hello wine!) for hours. But if you’re working from home, these mugs are amazing so you don’t have to keep microwaving your cup of coffee.

Head to Trailhead in downtown Kingston or Atkinson Home Hardware in the west end!

Pizza Oven 

Everyone deserves a great pizza! This summer I gifted my fiancée an Ooni Karu wood‑fired pizza oven and it’s been the best purchase! You can make a pizza in less than 2 minutes and did I mention that it’s portable as well! Locally in Kingston, you can head to Friendly Fires online store to order!

Box of Goodies from Bread & Butter Bakery 

Looking to spread some local love this holiday season? Check out these gift boxes from Bread and Butter Bakery filled with amazing holiday treats! Be sure to head to their online store to order and pick up in-store! Or better yet, have it delivered to a friend! 🍪

Follow on Instagram: @breadandbutterbakery

Kingston Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

Local Farmers’ Market

There’s no better gift for a foodie who regularly visits the farmers’ market than a gift certificate to Memorial Market! Available in increments of $10, $20, or $50 on their online store. Or better yet, sign up for an account, order some goodies to make your very own foodie gift basket all while supporting local producers and artisans! 💚

Follow on Instagram: @memorialmarket

Fresh Produce Right to Your Door

If you’re looking for a unique gift idea, Joe Deo Family offers great produce boxes of fruit and veggies! Customize your own box or pick one of the pre‑designed boxes! 🎄 These gift baskets are a perfect holiday gift that can be delivered within the city of Kingston to a loved one, an essential worker to say thank you, seniors and anyone on your list looking to start the new year on a healthy note. 

Head to www.joedeo.com to order now!

Donate to a Foodie Cause

When it comes to giving back to your community, any action big or small can make a real difference and have a positive impact. I’m a huge advocate of giving back to those less fortunate since I was young and during my time in Kingston, the following are a few organizations that hold a special place in my heart especially this holiday season ‑ Lionhearts, Kingston's Partners in Mission Food Bank, Martha's Table, and Loving Spoonful. So please donate if you can! ❤️

volunteers in kitchen serving meals

Happy Holidays!

AND! Since we're an amazing community of locals in Kingston, let me know what other spots I should include in this holiday foodie gift guide by leaving a comment!

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